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One of the most confusing things about owning a lot within a Strata Scheme is understanding who is responsible for the maintenance of certain elements within the lot – the individual owner or the Body Corporate/Owners Corporation?


When determining who is responsible, reference should be made to a number of items that may impact on any determination, noting these can vary on a plan by plan basis.


At Integrity Strata Management Pty Ltd our job is to make your strata life simpler and more certain. Much of our day is spent educating and assisting owners with determining who is responsible for areas of maintenance or replacement within a strata scheme.


These particulars include the date of registration of the strata, any notations on the strata plan, reference to the registered by-laws and a sound understanding of the particular item you are seeking clarification on.


The Owners Corporation is responsible for the repair and maintenance of common property. Whilst owners are responsible for all items not defined as common property or located within their stratum lot.


Generally speaking, in most strata schemes, the lot owner owns the airspace and everything in it within the boundary of the unit. They don’t own the main structure of the building.


We recommend that owners, property managers and tenants make reference to the Strata Community Australia (NSW) Who's Responsible Guide when assessing and determining maintenance and replacement obligations. A copy of the Guide can be found here :




For any questions on what is common property and who is responsible, please contact your strata manager or make an enquiry here :


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